This is not to say that Democrats have a clean slate and no skeletons in the closet, but what makes Republican scandals even more interesting is the fact that they are being committed by of course, Republicans. The build their political careers on family values and traditions, opposition to abortion, gay marriage, homosexuality and corruption, and are proponents of child protection and Christian values. And yet their actions are in total contradiction to these same values. Apparently they don’t know that they should be practicing what they preach, or maybe the rules don’t apply to them.
Ted Haggard, leader of the National Association of Evangelicals was caught paying male prostitutes for sex and snorting crystal meth. Ironically, Haggard lobbied hard against gay rights and called homosexuality an abomination. In this weekly meeting with President Bush and top advisors he would give spiritual advice. Need I say more?
Larry Craig, a US Senator was caught soliciting sex from an undercover cop at an airport bathroom. In another life Craig voted to give states the right to refuse to recognize gay marriage – a right they already had, but the Senator wanted to really prove he didn’t like gay people.
Mark Foley, a US Representative was charged with sending sexually laced instant messages to teenage boys in the Congressional page program, not once or twice but for ten years. On the flip side he was one of the foremost opponent of child pornography and the Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. Should I go on?
Bob Allen, Member of the Florida House of Representatives was caught giving money to an undercover cop for sexual favors in a public park. Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators to sign a brief supporting the state’s ban on gays adopting children, and he co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have enhanced penalties for “offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts” such as indecent exposure.
Glenn Murphy, National Chairman of the Young Republicans got a fellow republican drunk, spent the night at his place and indulged in acts of a sexual nature. This was not the first time he had done something like this, nor do I think will it be the last. Murphy was known for advising Republican candidates to use gay marriage as a wedge issue to taint their opponents as out of touch with Christian and traditional values. He of course, wasn’t under any obligation to adhere to those same values.
Roy Ashburn, the conservative Republican California state senator who was arrested in March of this year for drunk driving after reportedly leaving a gay bar, acknowledged that he is gay. Ashburn, a divorced father of four, has repeatedly voted in opposition to gay rights, and in 2005 hosted a rally in favor of "traditional marriage."
Other incidences in the last few years involve everything from extra marital affairs to bizarre stories of trying to pay off the families of the victims of sexual abuse, to child predation in a panda suit, video-taping sexual encounters with male escorts, having children out of wedlock, child pornography cases and molestation. Let’s not forget the “party meetings” that take place in fancy strip clubs and gay bars in Las Vegas. The list is not exhaustive.
The only thing more reprehensible than their actions is the fact that in public life they claim to be the torch-bearers of morality and up-holders of traditions. What is incredible is that in spite of innumerable transgressions they still maintain a holier-than-thou attitude and have the audacity to criticize others.
How many Republican politicians can you fit in the closet? Evidently, all of them.